Ayala Serfaty's studio.
Rapa furniture pieces are made of molded, handmade felt, seamlessly upholstered over metal structures and polyurethane foam.
The work with handmade felt allows the making of the upholstery in one piece . The entire garment is made in one seamless shape combining two felt making processes. The first process involves the layering fibers of wool, silk, and linen into a mold. The second process, the fibers are compresse, rubbed, and intertwined until they become felt. The sculpted furniture configurations and all of the felt garments are made in the studio by Ayala Serfaty and Tanya Osharov.
The various wool, silk, bamboo, and linen fibers are imported from all over the world and the manufacturing process includes dying some fibers with natural extractions from plants, such as nutshells. In some of the upholstery garments, silk organza is laid into the wool so that it becomes an integral part of the textile. Each fiber behaves differently when felted and inspires its color and texture in a particular way within the textile.
The results are unique felt garments for each piece of furniture.